City Council establishes Select Committee on Climate. Still awaiting news on committee chair and scope.
City Council approved new Energy Code requiring all water heaters in new commercial building to be electric.
SDOT Director Sam Zimbabwe fired. SDOT Chief of Staff Kirsten Simpson is taking over temporarily pending a national search for a new director who is "aligned with my [Bruce Harrell's] vision." Mayor Harrell's statement goes on to say "Going forward, my vision is for a Seattle Department of Transportation that centers equity throughout our transportation network across every street and sidewalk, in every neighborhood and community. We must create a balanced transportation ecosystem – increasing safety and decreasing travel times by bolstering transit, improving sidewalks, protecting bike lanes, and recognizing the role of cars and new electric vehicles." It's difficult to tell based on this statement why Zimbabwe was removed, and what policy changes may be ahead.
The Office of Environment and Sustainability has been conducting outreach on the OSE dashboard. They have been able to get more detailed and more frequent reporting of some of the major components of GHG emissions, some by census tract or zip code, and some quarterly.
Gov. Inslee announced his climate agenda for 2022. It includes these priorities:
Climate Commitment Act followups: create an Office of Climate Commitment Accountability, a stronger, clearer consultation process with tribes on CCA investments, map out a plan for emissions-intensive trade exposed industry to reduce their emissions, and improved air monitoring in overburdened communities.
$100 million for EV rebates, including $7500 for new battery electric vehicles (BEV), $5000 for used BEVs and $1000 for zero-emissions motorcycles and e-bikes.
$450 million for cleaner fuel ferries, statewide EV charging network, clean bus technology, and improvements for transit, pedestrian, and bike infrastructure.
The Legislative Session starts on Monday. New bills we are tracking:
HB 1099, Adding Climate element to the Growth Management Act. Starts this year in House Rules Committee.
HB 1766, Modifying the regulation of gas companies to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions
SB 5528, Allow additive revenue with regional transit area (Sound Transit)
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